Lately I have seen few small kids with cancer in the clinic. I feel sad to see patients with malignant cancer especially those in late stage or advanced stage with distant metastasis elsewhere, and it is even more heartbreaking seeing the little ones, especially the little babies down with the diseases. Leukaemia, lymphoma and brain tumour are few of the more common cancer in children. Others rare tumours in childhood are such as Wilm's tumour, Erwing sarcoma, neuroblastoma etc. (Generally, the incidence of cancer in children are low). But since I work in the tertiary or referral hospital, I will see more of these cases.
Recently, I have seen two little babies with Neuroblastoma (tumour of the sympathetic nervous system). The first one is a one month old baby (yeah, only 1 month old !!) and the second one is a 9 months old baby. The tumour in the second baby is Stage 4S whereby it has metastasize/spread to his brain and liver. The poor child is undergoing chemotherapy at the moment. Chemotherapy has lotsa side effects (during the treatment process and the side effect is temporary) and the side effects are intolerable even in many adults (different people will have different reaction) - with fatigue, lost of appetite, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, hair loss, mouth ulcer, anaemia, reduced resistance to infection etc. Imaging this small baby at such a young age have to undergo chemotherapy… :(